An explosion has caused a fire at an oil platform of the Pemex (Petroleos Mexican) state-owned oil company in the Gulf of Mexico, local media report.

The blast occurred at the Ku-Alpha platform, which is part of the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field off the coast of Tabasco and Campeche, on Sunday, Codigo Veracruz Noticias reported via Facebook, posting photos and a video of the subsequent fire and black smoke coming from the site.

Pemex has not officially confirmed the explosion.

Codigo Veracruz Noticias said that at least six people were injured in the Sunday explosion. They are expected to be transferred to hospitals in Campeche.

Ku-Maloob-Zaap is one of the world’s largest offshore oil complexes, accounting for more than 40 percent of Pemex’s nearly 1.7 million barrels of daily output.

In July, a gas leak from a pipeline caused a heavy underwater fire at the Ku-Charly oil platform at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap offshore oil complex. No injuries were reported then.

A fire broke out on Sunday at an offshore platform in the southern Gulf of Mexico run by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), injuring at least five people, the Mexican state oil and gas firm said.

The blaze, which occurred at the E-Ku-A2 platform at Pemex’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field in the Bay of Campeche, was brought under control around 4.30 p.m. (2130 GMT), Pemex said in a statement.

The injured were being treated for burns in hospitals, and the cause of the fire would be investigated, Pemex said.
The platform was in operation when the blaze started and workers were evacuated, a person familiar with the matter said.

Source Big News Network

By Arsalan Ahmad

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